Château de Hattonchâtel

Vigneulles-lès-Hattonchâtel, France

The Château de Hattonchâtel site was fortified in 860 by Hatto, Bishop of Verdun, whose name it bears, on a rocky promontory overlooking the Woëvre flat land. The settlement became the chief stronghold of the bishops and also the location of their mint until 1546. In 1636 the retreating Swedes besieged and burnt most of the town.

The medieval castle was destroyed during World War I in 1918. The site was entirely reconstructed between 1923 and 1928 by Henri Jacquelin, a Norman architect originally from Evreux, in the Neo-Renaissance style. He produced the ultimate 'troubadour' château of Lorraine, a pastiche which used some remains from the 11th century building. The work was financed by the American benefactor Belle Skinner.

The Château de Hattonchâtel has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1986 and is privately owned. The château is run as a hotel, wedding and conference centre.



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Founded: 1923
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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L Brice (11 months ago)
Beautiful place sadly food wasn’t up to the standard tartare fish with cream no flavour in my main dish filet pork with twos navet not cook (very hard) menu very unclear mark 5 service entree , hors d ouvres, plat , fromage, dessert we did get only entree plat dessert not sur if that was right other that did like the place nice feeling we was 8 and did order a very nice Black Forest cake ( plat was cold)
Julia Kobalz (2 years ago)
My first stay at a Chateau and it was perfect. Super charming rooms, that where surprisingly easy to warm up ( I was afraid to be cold in an old building like this). Everybody was very friendly and the location is amazing - close to Verdun, if you are into history. Also dog friendly. We are definitely coming back!
Ibrahim Mourtada (2 years ago)
The most beautiful and relaxing stay you’ll ever have. It’s truly amazing and highly recommend it
Rick van Laar (2 years ago)
I wish I could have shared the experience others are describing here, hopefully our experience was an exception. Unfortunately our stay here was very disappointing. We arrived Friday evening and were greeted by a friendly receptionist who gave us a hurried showing of our room and mentioned that the restaurant was closed because of a wedding the next day. She gave us a list of alternative restaurants and left, telling us that we could call the manager in case we had any questions. At that moment we were too surprised to discuss the issue of the restaurant with the receptionist and the restaurant was obviously not going to open as we could see people working on setting up everything for the upcoming wedding. The alternatives that were provided were all in neighbouring villages, around 5-10km away, so not a lot of travel, but we booked this hotel based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews of its restaurant. If we would have known in advance that it was closed we would not have stayed here. When we had gathered our thoughts and tried to call the reception that evening to discuss the situation, there was no answer. Not knowing beforehand that the restaurant was closed made it impossible for us to make alternative arrangements. Also there was no effort made in any way to provide us with any alternative. We could not get anything to eat or drink at the hotel, this combined with the fact that the only people there were preparing the wedding was quite detrimental to the atmosphere of the hotel. The room was dated, but clean. There was no television, but the wifi was ok, slow, but stable. The hotel itself and the location are beautiful, but our experience was not worth the 140 euro's we paid for the room for a single night. Breakfast was not included and cost 15 euro's per person, it was fine.
isabet gulsoy (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle in the middle of the woods. Very pretty village. The diner at the castle was cooked by a Chef with only local products. The meal is in fact seasonal. Top quality for the freshness of the products. The service was excellent and people know their job. We had an explanation for each course we ate. Price is very reasonable. Around 60 euros for 4 courses. Of course portions are small but you’re no more hungry after eating. It’s a pleasure for your eyes your nose your tongue your hands and ears too. THANK YOU SO MUCH for a GREAT moment of true HAPPINESS !!!
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